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Embattled Rep., R-Fla., sent out a tweet Wednesday calling for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be defunded — despite the fact that he is currently being probed by the agency over sex trafficking allegations.
He almost immediately deleted the tweet, which was captured by," a website dedicated to capturing the deleted tweets of politicians.
"If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI," Gaetz wrote.
A spokesman for the staunch Trump ally later would tellthat Gaetz "felt it appropriate to remove a jocular tweet taken from a speech some time ago."
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The statement comes as the lawmaker remains under investigation by the FBI over allegations he paid to have sex
The months-long probe reportedly hinges on the testimony of Gaetz associate and fellow Florida politico, who to felony charges of sex trafficking a minor in a separate federal case.
Gaetz has long denied any wrongdoing and maintained that he and his family are the victims of an extortion plot stemming from the allegations.
"On March 16, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away,"when the news of the scandal first broke. "Our family was so troubled by that; we went to the local FBI. The FBI and the Department of Justice were so concerned about this attempted extortion of a member of Congress that they asked my dad to wear a wire, which he did, with the former Department of Justice official."
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